Reconnect 2018 brought together many of our alumni, distance learners and campus-based students, in a series of events throughout the afternoon and evening of 14 June. Our guest speakers were Emily Pringle, Head of Learning at Tate and the artist Paul Hill.
Emily’s session explored notions of museum research and focused on the ways in which museum professionals can locate themselves as practitioner-researchers.
The session included short presentations by Emily, interspersed with participatory and discursive activities, in which participants worked in small groups to interrogate their perceptions of museum research, drawing on their own experience and testing their ideas in relation to specific theoretical models. Conversations from the session will feed into Emily’s AHRC funded Leadership Fellowship, examining how collaborative and practice-based research undertaken by museum professionals can be supported and embedded within the gallery context.
The afternoon concluded with an artist talk from photographer Paul Hill, one of the artists represented in the current AMAGS exhibition ‘Expanding Limits’, and a drinks reception with a chance to view the exhibition. The group then headed to The Landsdowne, where the conversation and reminiscences continued.
If you joined us, it was lovely to catch up – if not, there’s always next year!